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Posted on Jun 27, 2013

UK Islamist to be tried in absentia by Bangladesh’s War Crimes Court

UK Islamist to be tried in absentia by Bangladesh’s War Crimes Court

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin (caricatured above, right, by a Bangladeshi newspaper), is a prominent leader within Britain’s Muslim community, who is to be tried in absentia by Bangladesh’s War Crimes court for his role in the murder of intellectuals during the 1971 liberation war in Bangladesh.

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin has been the Director of Muslim spiritual care provision in the NHS. He also helped found the Muslim Council of Britain, was previously the vice-chairman of the East London Mosque, and is a trustee of Muslim Aid, a leading UK charity. Spanish police have accused Muslim Aid of having links with terror groups.

Extremists such as Mueen-Uddin further indicate the links between the Islamist-hijacked Muslim leadership and terror groups abroad.

Bangladesh’s Dhaka Tribune has reported:

The war crimes tribunal on Monday set July 15 to begin trial in absentia against Ashrafuzzaman Khan and Chowdhury Mueen Uddin – two absconding Al-Badr leaders – for their alleged involvement in killing prominent intellectuals of the country in the Liberation War of 1971.

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 indicted the duo and brought 11 counts of crimes against humanity in 1971.

The prosecution, however, had brought 16 charges against the two under the section 3(2) of the Act, which deals with crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and rape.

The tribunal of Justices Obaidul Hasan and Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Judge M Shahinur Islam declared the date.

The prosecution says Ashrafuzzaman and Mueen Uddin were active leaders of the Al-Badr, which assisted Pakistani occupational army in killing leading intellectuals of the country. Ashraf and Mueen, who now reside in New York and London respectively, were jointly involved in the killings of 18 intellectuals, including Shahidullah Kaiser and Selina Parvin.

Among the 18 intellectuals killed, nine were Dhaka University teachers, six were journalists and three were doctors, according to the probe report of the prosecution. Mueen Uddin was the “operation-in-charge” while Ashrafuzzaman played the role of “chief executor” of the Al-Badr.

On May 11, the tribunal ordered that a public announcement be made in the newspapers, in accordance with the rules of procedure of the International Crimes Tribunal Act, asking war crimes suspects Asrafuzzaman and Mueen Uddin to appear before the tribunal within 10 days of the publication.

Following the order, notices were published in the national dailies on May 12, asking them to appear in the court. Since the two did not respond to the tribunal’s order, the trial appointed lawyers Abdus Shukur Khan and Salma Hye Tuni as their defence counsels on May 27.

On May 2, the tribunal issued arrest warrants against the two because of their involvement in killing of intellectuals. On April 25, the prosecution submitted formal charges against them.

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